Biden upgraded the nominations of Gigi Sohn to fill a commissioner seat at the FCC and Alvaro Bedoya to fill a commissioner seat at the FTC. Both Sohn and Bedoya were nominated to these roles by the president last year, but neither received votes in the Senate before the end of the year.
Because they did not get the full vote, their nominations will technically expire when the session of Congress ends at the end of the year. Biden needs to re-nominate them to the Senate.
While Sohn did not get the committee vote, Bedoya did. His nomination was deadlocked at 14-14 but was still sent to the full Senate, which did not act.
Both Sohn and Bedoya are crucial for agencies to advance their agendas. If confirmed, both would secure 3-2 Democratic majority in their respective agencies.
For the FCC, that would give them the votes they need to go through the rule-making process to restore net neutrality rules. At the FTC, the agency can use it largely to explore a number of things, such as privacy rules.
In a broad executive order signed last summer, the Biden administration urge the FCC to restore net neutrality rules and the like urge the FTC to “establish rules for monitoring and data accumulation.”
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*First published: January 4, 2022, 11:31 a.m. CST
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